You might be thinking, “I just got completely out of my box and started making green smoothies and now you want me to add powders and seeds too? WHY?”
I’ve read that people are supposed to eat 5-9 servings of veggies a day. And while the green smoothie gets us down the road, we need help! And what about missing minerals and other things that we aren’t getting that we need to stay healthy?
These super food powders and seeds help! And they are EASY.
What We Do
To cut down on time, I make what we call ‘powder packs’. For a family of five, I take about a teaspoon of each of the powders below and put them in the smallest baggie that they sell. Then I put the baggies in an old empty protein powder container to keep the sunlight away from them.
What We Put In There
Protein Powder – I like a veggie protein. But use your favorite.
Camu Camu Powder
Wheat Grass Powder
Perfect Greens (or some other powdered greens)
Don’t Be Shocked
Don’t be shocked by this next statement…I’m not a doctor. I don’t even play one on tv!
So before loading up on a bunch of new stuff, if you have sensitivities, are on medications or are aware of any medical conditions – check in with your doctor before trying a bunch of new stuff. Do a little internet research yourself ☺
Do keep in mind though; doctors only are required to take minimal nutrition courses IF any at all. Not all doctors even believe in vitamins. This shocks the FIRE out of me, but I guess you only know what you are taught.
Check in with your doc, and if your doc doesn’t see the value in vitamins – maybe ask him ‘What’s up doc?” in your best Bugs Bunny voice and check in with another doctor.
What Else Is Left?
My next green smoothie blog will be about the liquids we put in our green smoothies.
Until then, if you have a question – put it in the comments below and I will try to get those answered to the best of my ability.
And for those people like me (#nerdsarecute) who want to know more, here are some short little statements about what the benefits of each item are along with the website they came from in case you want to read more!
More Info…The #Nerdy Stuff Makes You Smart
– ‘Folklore has it that these cultures used the tiny black and white seeds as an energy booster. That makes sense, as chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.’, says www.WebMD.com
– For something so small, flaxseed has big benefits. Recent studies have shown that flaxseed, known to the world for thousands of years, may aid in lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, reducing bone loss, promoting weight loss, increasing immunity, and fighting cancer, says clinical nutritionist Stella Metsovas of Laguna Beach, Calif. As stated by www.Everydayhealth.com
– It says on www.lovingearth.net
‘Mesquite powder is ‘Used as a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers, this high protein meal contains good quantities of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc, and is rich in the amino acid lysine as well. Its low GI of 25 helps maintain stable blood sugar levels.’
– As found on www.WebMD.com, ‘Maca is used for “tired blood” (anemia); chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS); and enhancing energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, and fertility. Women use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and symptoms of menopause. Maca is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, stomach cancer, leukemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction (ED), to arouse sexual desire, and to boost the immune system.
– One of my favorite things about Dr. Oz’s favorite superfood as found on www.doctoroz.com , ‘Among acai’s many antioxidants is one particular powerhouse called anthocyanin, which is suspected to be the driving force behind acai’s free-radical and age-fighting powers. It’s common in fruits with rich red and purple colors, like grapes and berries, but acai has far more than any other food. Acai’s ORAC level (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is over 3,500, which is hundreds of times higher than your average fruits like apples and bananas.
Also, it might surprise you that the little acai berry packs more grams of protein than an egg, and when combined with its host of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, acai has been shown to improve the look and texture of your hair, skin and nails.’
– www.thehealthyeatingsite.com says – Unique among fruits because they contain all essential amino acids, goji berries also have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are also loaded with vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals, and are high in fiber. Boasting 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals, there is no doubt that the humble goji berry is a nutritional powerhouse.
CAMU CAMU POWDER
– The camu berry is best known for its unusually high vitamin C content. Vitamin C, as you may know, has many uses for preventing chronic disease. Natural (not synthetic) vitamin C is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage to the DNA of the cells throughout your body, which helps in the prevention of cancer and heart disease (among other health problems). As found on www.bibliotecapleyades.net
– In addition to flooding the body with therapeutic dosages of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and phytonutrients, wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood. It helps neutralize toxins and environmental pollutants in the body. This is because Wheatgrass contains beneficial enzymes that help protect us from carcinogens, including Superoxide Disumates (SOD), that lessens the effects of radiation and digest toxins in the body. It cleanses the body from head to toe of any heavy metals, pollutants and other toxins that may be stored in the body’s tissues and organs.’ As listed on www.hoppicratesinst.org
– (made by Garden of Life – or any other powdered greens) – www.gardenoflife.com says nearly every major health organization recommends eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day to maintain health. Yet, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, less than nine percent of American adults consume the recommended number of servings.”
– It has been reported to absorb methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses (including poliovirus), organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. DE is a natural organic colon cleanser and detoxifier. This cleansing and detoxification alone has a myriad of positive effects in the human body.’ Says www.earthworkshealth.com.
*We don’t put diatomaceous earth in every pack. Only about every third powder pack.
– www.purehealingfoods.com states Hemp Seeds are a perfect and natural blend of easily digested proteins, essential fats (Omega 3 & 6), Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), antioxidants, amino acids, fiber, iron, zinc, carotene, phospholipids, phytosterols, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, chlorophyll, calcium, magnesium, sulfur, copper, potassium, phosphorus, and enzymes. All amino acids essential to optimum health are found in Hemp Seeds, including the rarely found Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA). The 17+ grams of omega fats supplied by Hemp Seeds provides sufficient, continuous energy throughout your day.
– Dr. Oz says on www.sharecare.com ‘brewer’s yeast (which, yes, is also used to ferment beer) is loaded with nutritional benefits. Nutritional brewer’s yeast has been shown to raise high-density lipoprotein (good cholesterol) levels while reducing low-density lipoprotein (bad cholesterol) levels, prevent heart disease, help control blood sugar, protect against liver cancer, and even help clear up acne.’
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